Fontana, 21, is currently racing in GP3 for Jenzer Motorsport, claiming one podium so far this season following a strong showing in the now-defunct Formula Two championship in 2012. Having been confirmed as being a part of Lotus’ junior programme at the beginning of the season, this test will now give Fontana a chance to test a Formula One car for the first time as he looks to make a move into the series in the future.
“I’m naturally delighted that Lotus F1 Team has given me the opportunity of this test,” Fontana said. “Every driver’s dream is to sit behind the wheel of a Formula One car. For me it’s a great honour to be able to undertake a day’s testing at Paul Ricard.
“I’ve been to Enstone on a number of occasions to prepare myself to best effect with intensive work on the simulator, and I’ll be tackling this test with great respect for the team, the car and with a healthy dose of humility. I’ll be giving it my best shot, to grasp the opportunity and to live up to the expectations.”
The Swiss driver will be testing the Renault R30, which was the French manufacturer’s last season as a works team before becoming “Lotus” in 2011. In 2010, the car was piloted by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov, attaining three podiums and a string of points-scoring finishes as the team ran well to come fifth in the constructors’ championship.
The test is permitted as the car is at least two seasons old, with Mercedes facing the FIA tribunal earlier this year for using their 2013 challenger in a test at the Circuit de Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix.
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